Fall is time for warm days, cool nights, beautiful foliage, and Fairs. I don’t know if you have any fairs near you. We have several here in Western Mass. And we live so close to CT that there are several there that we can attend as well. The largest fair in New England is held in the next town over from us; The Eastern States Exposition aka The Big E. We call it the Big Eat. lol We love going to walk around, people watch, look at all the cool crafts and gadgets and getting the best gyro ever! Oh yeah! Fair food.
How Do You Spend Your Time At The Fair?
Man, back in the day, my ex-husband and I would eat our way through the fair. We had a whole routine; giant baked potato, London broil sub, apple pie with ice cream or cheese, blue berry pie, lobster roll, clam fritters, French fries – you know the deal. As we started getting a little older, we started splitting things because we just couldn’t eat as much. We’ve been divorced for many years now so I don’t know what he eats when he goes. I have to tell you, my eating styles have changed so much that Spiro and I get one thing – the gyro at Demetries. It’s the best anywhere, so it’s our once a year treat. Once in a while we may get pierogis, but we don’t eat white flour any more, so we try to stay away. Now, it’s more of a sight seeing and people watching experience instead of a food experience.
But, if you’re like most people, you get excited and want to try all the latest and greatest fried and sweet treats. Every year, the Big E introduces some new crazy food. They have a GIANT cream puff and éclair. A couple years ago they introduced The Big E Craz-E Burger; a bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two halves of a grilled, glazed donut. They have a breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon and cheese on the glazed donut and grilled. They pretty much deep-fry anything you can imagine; peanut butter and jelly sandwich, snickers, almond joys and chocolate chip cookie dough, to name a few. Ok, the thought of it makes me sick to my stomach, but to each his own. If all of these foods sound like they are right up your alley, be careful. My recommendation is share with friends. A couple bites here and there are ok, but to indulge in the entire treat is not only detrimental to your waistline, but also to your health. I don’t want to take the fun out of it – go and enjoy, but be cautious.
- A serving of fried cola dough, whipped cream and Coke syrup on top is roughly 830 calories.
- The fried macaroni and cheese is approximately 610 calories.
- The fried cheesecake in the ballpark of 500 calories.
- A fried praline will come in around 350 calories.
- A tortilla-wrapped hot dog and cheese from the fryer about 550 calories.
- Fried Snickers (5 oz.): 444 calories and 29 grams (g) fat
- Fried Twinkie (2 oz.): 420 calories/34 g fat
- Funnel cake (1): 760 calories/44 g fat
- Twinkie Dog Sundae: 500 calories/14 g fat
- Cotton candy: 171 calories/0 fat
- Fried cheesecake (6 oz.): 655 calories/47 g fat
- Foot-long hot dog and bun: 470 calories/26 g fat
- Giant turkey leg: 1,136 calories/54 g fat
My Fitness Pal
- Corn Dog:Serving Size: 1 corn dog, Calories: 190, Fat: 8g, Carbs: 23g, Protein: 6g
- Mini Donuts:Serving Size: 4 donuts, Calories: 210, Fat: 10g, Carbs: 31g, Protein: 3g
- Kettle Corn:Serving Size: 7 Cups, Calories: 490, Fat: 12g, Carbs: 70g, Protein: 0g
- Taffy:Serving Size; 7 pieces, Calories: 160, Fat: 2g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g
- Fried Veggies:Serving Size: 1 basket, Calories: 500, Fat: 25g, Carbs: 5g, Protein: 5g
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Be mindful of what you’re eating, sit down and enjoy it. If you’re walking and eating, you’re not truly enjoying the food and registering how much you’re eating.
- Get one item and share it with family and friends.
- Eat before you go.
- Try to find the healthier options.
- Go early in the morning so the smell of fried food isn’t as appealing.
- Have fun, enjoy and be smart.